Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Ten No Kata - Kata of Heaven

Ten No Kata (Kata of Heaven)

It is still a manner of debate whether Funakoshi himself or if his third son,Gigo Funakoshi,developed Ten No Kata. Ten refers to “sky” or “universe” therefore Ten No Kata isgenerally referred to by either “Kata of Heaven” or “Kata ofthe Universe”.

It was developed to help improve a karateka’s basic technique or kihon,since it is the goal of karateka to perfect their basic technique. At least,that’s what I believe. Ten No Kata can be practiced in a small space byanyone of any level of martial arts training,making it anexcellent exercise to do everyday because it is so easy.

Ten No Kata is broken into two parts,Omote and Ura. Omote can start from Heikō dachi or from Heikō dachi with Naiwan Kakiwake Uke. You will always strike with yourright hand first,after that  you do the same on your left. All technique on your left side end with Kiai. This applies to all twenty moves.

In Ten No Kata Ura you will need a partner, because Ura isn’t really kata, it’s just one step kumite. Your opponent starts with Zenkutsu Dachi Gedan Barai and attacks with three sets of Chudan Oi Zuki (thrust punch to middle of thebody) and also three sets of Jodan Oi Zuki (thrust punch to the head). He does this for both sides and the defender must apply the appropriate block and counter techniques from Ten No Kata.

List of Techniques
Remember,all strikes begin with the right hand. So if you want to do Gyaku Zuki,your left foot should be out. It is also important to remember to render courtesy even when practicing by yourself.

Step forward into Zenkutsu Dachi Chudan Oi Zuki,and Yoi.
Repeat on your left side adding Kiai.


Step forward into Zenkutsu Dachi Jodan Oi Zuki,and Yoi.
Repeat on your left side adding Kiai

Step back into Zenkutsu Dachi Chudan Gyaku Zuki,and
Yoi. Repeat on your left side adding Kiai.

Step back into Zenkutsu Dachi Gedan Barai, Chudan
Gyaku Zuki,and Yoi. Repeat on your left side adding Kiai.

Step back into Zenkutsu Dachi Uchi Uke, Chudan Gyaku
Zuki,and Yoi. Repeat on your left side adding Kiai.

Step back into Kōkutsu Dachi Shuto Uke, then switch I
into Zenkutsu Dachi Chudan Gyaku Nukite,and Yoi.
Repeat on your left side adding Kiai.


Step back into Kokutsu Dachi Jodan Shuto Uke, then
switch into Zenkutsu Dachi Chudan Gyaku Zuki,and Yoi.
Repeat on your left side adding Kiai


Step back into Zenkutsu Dachi Jodan Uke Chudan Gyaku
Zuki,and Yoi. Repeat on your left side adding Kiai.

Step back into Sochin Dachi Jodan Soto Uke,the switch to
Zenkutsu Dachi Chudan Gyaku Zuki,and Yoi. Repeat on

your left side.

Ryan Chapman
San Kyu

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Aikido Center Line


Friday Night Aikido 

In an instant two separate center lines.
In an instant only one has the center line.
In an instant the other does not have the center line. 

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Spirit & Essence of Traditional Karate-Do

The Spirit and Essence of Traditional Karate-Do

The thin line between trying to do a perfect technique and our own imperfections. 

jrg/05/27/17©

Kumite and the Sprit of Shotokan Karate Do

Kumite and The Spirit Shotokan Karate Do
After an intensive training session. Find an equally or higher skilled partner to test your skill and understanding of kumite principles and use kumite techniques.

 jrg/05/27/17©

Monday, February 6, 2017

Every Breath Counts

In your daily life
every breath counts

In your daily karate training
every breath counts

When you pray
When you meditate
every breath counts

When you move
When you sit and be still
every breath counts

When there is breath
the technique comes from
A spiritual place
This is Budo

jrg/02/02/17©

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Using the preparation for down block in each of the Heian Katas


The preparation for down block gedanbarai  can be found in each of the Heian Katas. Here is a basic  application using the preparation for down block as the primary blocking technique in each of the Heian katas.
 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dojo Kata is not competition Kata


There are many people who started their karate training in the last 5 to 8 years who only know competition sport karate. These sport karate competitors have only been taught sport karate style katas. Very fast movement, long drawn out pauses. Robotic transitions and not showing any fight or bunki in the kata. When they see a kata not done in this (sport competition) manner they think there is something wrong with the way the kata was performed.  It's simply doing Kata in the Dojo.
                                     jrg,ccdk,6/17